February 28-March 2 Dvorak

[Andris Nelsons]

Andris Nelsons conducts Dvořák's Stabat Mater
Andris Nelsons leads the BSO, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and four internationally acclaimed soloists in Antonín Dvořák's Stabat Mater, the first major religious work by the great Czech composer, who was a pious Catholic.

Please note there will be no intermission for this performance.


TICKETS: February 28, 8PM

TICKETS: March 1, 1:30PM

TICKETS: March 2, 8PM

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About the Music: Podcasts & Program Notes

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Program notes are generally posted the week of the performance date.


  • Video Preview by Anthony Princiotti.
  • Audio Concert Preview written by Marc Mandel.
  • Program SnapShot by Brian Bell.
  • Video Podcast by Anthony Princiotti 
  • BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons chats with Brian Bell about the Dvorak Stabat Mater.

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Andris Nelsons, conductor
Rachel Willis-Sørensen, soprano 
Violeta Urmana, mezzo-soprano
Dmytro Popov, tenor
Matthew Rose, bass
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
James Burton, conductor

DVOŘÁK Stabat Mater (90 min)

Dvořák wrote the piece in 1876-77 in response to the deaths of three of his children, using the traditional Medieval Latin poem on the subject of Mary's sorrow over Christ's death. Dvořák's poignant and dramatic setting expresses a heartfelt, personal experience of grief via the four solo roles, and its universality through the power of the chorus and orchestra. The BSO has only performed this work in its entirety on two previous occasions: under Seiji Ozawa in 1980, and in a single performance in Louisville, Kentucky, led by Arthur Nikisch in 1891.


Kristine Opolais has withdrawn from the upcoming Boston Symphony Orchestra performances of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, under the direction of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, February 28-March 2.  Please see social media link/message below from Ms. Opolais about her decision to withdraw from these performances. Ms. Opolais is still scheduled to appear in the role of Sister Angelica in the BSO’s upcoming performances of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, February 21 and 23; she sang the role of Sister Angelica at the Metropolitan Opera earlier this season. 

American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, in her BSO subscription season debut, will now take on the soprano part in the Stabat Mater. Ms. Willis-Sørensen’s only previous performance with the BSO took place at Tanglewood in summer 2016 when she sang the soprano part for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, under the direction of Andris Nelsons. 

Ms. Opolais has shared the following messages about her decision to withdraw from the BSO’s performances of Stabat Materon her social media platforms.